The Mother Jones Podcast

The Mother Jones Podcast
Each episode will go deep on a big story you’ll definitely want to hear more about. We’ll share with you our best investigations (think private prisons, electoral skullduggery, Dark Money, and Trump’s Russia connections), and informative interviews with our reporters and newsmakers. We’re hoping to make your week more informed with the stories that really matter, told by us, the folks you trust for smart, fearless, reporting.
Mr. President, Have You Ever Worked for Russia?
Jan 16 • 27 min
This is how far things have come. Try to imagine this scene taking place in normal times: The president of the United States speaking to reporters gathered on the South Lawn of the White House and, just to clarify things, saying, “I’ve never worked for…
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Biggest Fight
Jan 9 • 23 min
WTF is the Green New Deal? Today, we take a historical look at the polarizing plan, beginning with Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s depression-era economic jumpstart, and trace how ideas of environmental justice and the green economy have evolved across…
He Was Dying. Then Doctors Tried Some Forgotten Viruses.
Jan 2 • 26 min
Happy New Year! This week, as the podcast team gears up for a brand new 2019 season, we’re revisiting two of our most talked-about segments from 2018.
Be a Better You: How to Break Political Tribalism
Dec 26, 2018 • 37 min
Moral philosopher and author Kwame Anthony Appiah talks to Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery about how to be a better you.
DeRay Mckesson on How to Turn Outrage into Hope
Dec 19, 2018 • 20 min
As 2018 ends and progressive communities continue to resist the Trump administration, DeRay Mckesson tells engaging stories from the frontlines of activism.
“Broad City” Star Ilana Glazer Takes Over the Podcast
Dec 12, 2018 • 29 min
On this week’s show, host Jamilah King hands over interviewing duties to a surprise guest: Co-creator and star of the Comedy Central hit Broad City, Ilana Glazer. This podcast was recorded live in Brooklyn in October by Generator Collective, a group…
David Byrne Rode His Bike to Our Office and Talked About Everything
Dec 5, 2018 • 30 min
Mother Jones interviews iconic pop artist David Byrne about Talking Heads, police shootings, Janelle Monáe, stage fright, “True Stories” and fake news.
Trump Put a Target on Our Backs: Trans Americans Fight Back
Nov 28, 2018 • 28 min
This week, trans listeners share candid, revealing stories about life under Trump.
How the Trump-Addicted Media Blew Another Election
Nov 21, 2018 • 30 min
Two of the biggest, brightest minds in the media business join us in the studio this week: Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan and Vox media critic Carlos Maza. Host Jamilah King leads a lively discussion about Facebook’s scandals, its…
Lie, Block, Betray: Trump After the Blue Wave
Nov 14, 2018 • 24 min
The midterms aren’t over. Travel with Mother Jones to the battleground states where votes are still being counted.
Breaking News Edition: Trump Goes Full Mob Boss
Nov 7, 2018 • 9 min
It happened: The Attorney General of the United States has been fired. This news came with a giant Trumpian thump Wednesday morning—while votes are still being counted in an election that handed the House back to Democrats for the first time in eight…
Trump Wakes Up Shaking
Nov 7, 2018 • 22 min
On this late-breaking episode: How to understand this historic night as the political makeup of the country is being written in real-time—like, as we record. Despite some big losses and reports of long lines at the polls, the Democrats had a huge night.…
Trump Ate the GOP. Now He’s Digesting It.
Oct 31, 2018 • 30 min
On today’s show, our Washington D.C. bureau chief David Corn offers his assessment of how the president and his party are mining the worst of America’s ancient grievances—on race, religion, and nationalism—for new electoral advantages. Also on the show: A…
It’s Finally Time to Talk About the Polls
Oct 24, 2018 • 31 min
On this week’s show: After 2016, can we really trust the polls? With just two weeks until the midterm elections on November 6, we gather some of the biggest brains in the business to round up everything you need to know about numbers, numbers, numbers.…
Road Trip Through the Battleground States
Oct 17, 2018 • 21 min
On this week’s show: Buckle up for a Mother Jones road trip to three of the most contentious battleground states in the upcoming November elections—and they’re all in the Southwest. First, Senior Reporter Tim Murphy travels to Arizona to meet activists…
The Argument for Rage
Oct 9, 2018 • 30 min
This week: We’re in the home stretch—only 27 days to go until the midterms. As Brett Kavanaugh gets to work, rockstar feminist writer Rebecca Traister joins MoJo’s Becca Andrews to discuss the political power of women’s rage and how it is reshaping…
The Conservative Case for Destroying the GOP
Oct 3, 2018 • 21 min
On this week’s episode, Mother Jones DC Bureau Chief David Corn chats with Max Boot, the lauded conservative stalwart who now believes the GOP must be destroyed—for good. Boot says that the Trumpian poison cannot be leeched. And with the stakes so high in…
Breaking News Edition: Ford’s Bravery, Kavanaugh’s Fury
Sep 27, 2018 • 12 min
A special episode of the Mother Jones Podcast: All the breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings, explained. First, the gut-wrenching testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when…
A Constitutional Crisis Is Just a Tweet Away
Sep 26, 2018 • 30 min
On this week’s episode, inside the fight for Medicaid expansion at the polls in November. The fate of Obamacare is on the ballot—and now up to voters in Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, and Utah. Meet one campaigner in this Red State Resistance trying to expand…
Voting Has Never Been Harder—or More Important
Sep 19, 2018 • 31 min
On this week’s show: Everything you need to know about the fierce, multi-pronged attack on your vote in November—and how to fight back. Spoiler alert: it’s urgent, with glimmers of hope. Mother Jones voting rights reporter Ari Berman tells you which races…
The Viruses That Could Save Us All
Sep 12, 2018 • 22 min
On this week’s show, a love story wrapped in a medical mystery—with a Cold War twist. Tom Patterson, a psychologist, was dying from a seemingly unstoppable superbug infection. For months, world-class doctors threw everything at him but nothing worked.…
The Mind-Boggling Private Prison Comeback
Sep 5, 2018 • 25 min
On this week’s episode, Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer reports on the surging profits of the private prison industry thanks to Trump. More than two-thirds of all immigration detainees are held by private prison companies, and nine of the 10…
America’s Rage-Inducing Student Debt Machine
Aug 29, 2018 • 22 min
On this week’s show: How the nation’s flagship loan forgiveness program is failing the very people it’s supposed to help. You’ll hear the disturbing firsthand account of how the mismanaged Public Service Loan Forgiveness has left one participant swimming…
Cohen, Guilty. Manafort, Guilty. Now What?
Aug 22, 2018 • 30 min
Two top Trump-world figures in disgrace. This week, twin legal developments rocked the presidency: Trump’s former campaign boss Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud, and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance…
Parkland Teens Are Throwing Everything at the Midterms
Aug 15, 2018 • 33 min
Six months ago, a group of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, changed the way America talks about guns. Before Parkland, it was relatively safe for many Democrats to oppose gun reform, but now they—and even some…
Putin Is Hacking America on Trump’s Watch
Aug 8, 2018 • 26 min
The midterm elections are in serious danger of being hacked. Why has the White House and its GOP allies in Congress done so little to combat the threat? On this week’s episode, reporters Pema Levy and AJ Vicens discuss their new investigation into the…
Ben Carson’s War on Fair Housing
Aug 1, 2018 • 26 min
During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump asked black voters, “What do you have to lose?” This Illinois town found out. Mother Jones reporter Tim Murphy shares the tragic story of how one neglected community got caught up in Ben Carson’s crusade against fair…
#MeToo Heads to Church
Jul 25, 2018 • 23 min
As a teen, Emily Joy was abused by a church youth leader. Now, she’s leading a movement to change Evangelical America. MoJo’s Becca Andrews tells host Jamilah King how #ChurchToo has opened the floodgates and forced a long-awaited reckoning. Also on the…
Rev. William Barber Is Fighting Like Hell for Democracy
Jul 18, 2018 • 29 min
Tune in for a special, fiery conversation between Mother Jones senior reporter Ari Berman and The Reverend William Barber. Recorded at a live event in Berkeley, California, they discuss how Barber’s movement has built a progressive coalition in the South,…
Can Violent Racists Kick Their Addiction to Hate?
Jul 11, 2018 • 23 min
Shane Johnson was born into the Ku Klux Klan—now he works to convince others not to join hate groups. How did he get out? And what can we learn from his story? Mother Jones senior editor Wes Enzinna shares exclusive audio from his interviews with the…
Who Gets to Make America
Jul 4, 2018 • 26 min
A show about immigration, art, and the hidden history of the national anthem. Rapper-turned-director Boots Riley joins host Jamilah King to talk about his debut film, the dystopian comedy, “Sorry to Bother You.” At the southern border, Mother Jones…
Nightmare at the Border
Jun 27, 2018 • 26 min
As the nation reels from the sounds of crying migrant children separated from parents at the border, the Mother Jones Podcast turns to those who are desperately waiting for answers. Texas Tribune investigative reporter Neena Satija takes you to the…
Dan Pfeiffer Tries to Save America
Jun 20, 2018 • 24 min
Dan Pfeiffer, one of the most influential political voices from the Obama White House, has a plan to fight back. In this week’s episode, the former White House communications chief talks about his new book, “Yes We (Still) Can,” which elaborates on the…
Strippers, Guns, and Cash: Selling Painkillers in America
Jun 13, 2018 • 28 min
The historic nuclear summit. Mother Jones DC bureau chief David Corn explains why President Trump’s Singapore appearance was one of the worst days of his presidency. Also on the show: MoJo’s Julia Lurie talks with host Jamilah King about her exclusive…
Torn Apart by Trump’s Travel Ban
Jun 6, 2018 • 24 min
Extraordinary stories of living in limbo: On this week’s episode, you’ll hear from real Mother Jones readers who have had their lives upended by President Trump’s travel ban and are now awaiting a fateful Supreme Court decision on the policy. Host Jamilah…
Make America Toxic Again
May 30, 2018 • 26 min
It’s been a year since President Trump announced the US would pull out of the Paris climate accord. Join host Jamilah King as she speaks with Mother Jones environmental reporter Rebecca Leber about what’s going on inside the Environmental Protection…
Primary Season in America
May 23, 2018 • 27 min
Welcome to our first-ever show! Here’s what we have in store this week. We start with Senior Reporter Tim Murphy who profiles the candidates ripping up West Virginia’s political blueprint, and asks: what do their successes and failures mean for national…
Coming Soon: The Mother Jones Podcast
May 17, 2018 • 1 min
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